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Levo Dromoran Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What are the possible side effects of levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What is the most important information I should know about levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- How should I take levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Levo Dromoran)?
- What happens if I overdose (Levo Dromoran)?
- What should I avoid while taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- What other drugs will affect levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
You should not use levorphanol if you are allergic to it.
Do not use levorphanol if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
You should not use levorphanol unless you are already being treated with a similar opioid medicine and your body is tolerant to it. Opioid medicines include fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone), methadone (Methadose, Dolophine), morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Oramorph), oxycodone (Oxycontin), oxymorphone (Opana), and many others. Talk with your doctor if you are not sure you are opioid-tolerant.
To make sure you can safely take levorphanol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
- liver or kidney disease;
- heart disease;
- low blood pressure;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- a thyroid disorder;
- gallbladder disease;
- enlarged prostate or urination problems;
- an adrenal gland tumor or disorder (such as Addison's disease);
- mental illness;
- a history of alcoholism or drug addiction; or
- if you recently drank large amounts of alcohol.
Levorphanol may be habit forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Never share levorphanol with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether levorphanol will harm an unborn baby. Levorphanol may cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using levorphanol.
It is not known whether levorphanol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using levorphanol.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults taking levorphanol.
How should I take levorphanol (Levo Dromoran)?
Take exactly as prescribed. Never take levorphanol in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take levorphanol with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
Do not stop using levorphanol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using levorphanol.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Levorphanol is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Additional Levo Dromoran Information
- Levo Dromoran Drug Interactions Center: levorphanol tartrate oral
- Levo Dromoran Side Effects Center
- Levo Dromoran Overview including Precautions
- Levo Dromoran FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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